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The Medics by MauserGirl The Medics by MauserGirl
Medics deserve a lot more credit than they get.

I used a photo as reference for this and also used the actual photo as the background in this piece, even though you can't really tell. I used the cutout and blur tools on the background. A lot of the colors in the drawing are based on those in the actual photo. As far as the art goes, I departed from my usual "clean" lines because I wanted to give the picture kind of a hectic feeling. I'm not sure if that comes across but it turned out okay.

(And before anyone says this should be political or current events - I didn't put it there for a reason.)
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RainBowNinjaSkillz Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Student Artist
Oh man! This is so, realistic! I feel like this painting is alive, the emotions I can actaully feel and the eyes on the soldier, aw man! You are a true artist!
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MauserGirl Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012
And, clearly, I'm an idiot who just posted the wrong link. Here's the right one - [link]
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MauserGirl Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012
Thank you very much.

There's actually an updated version of this that I recently finished, which is here if you'd like to compare. Personally, I like the new version better than the old version.
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veronika Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012   Digital Artist
great and moving piece. I'm impressed, it feels almost alive.
I expecially dig the eyes on the patient and the overall feeling and expressions you gave each one of them.
Amazing job
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MauserGirl Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012
:aww: Thank you so much.
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CommanderA9 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2008
medics have got to be the most invaluable soldiers on the field

without them, we would not be
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Absolutely brilliant! I love it.
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Tobias-Phealin Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2007
LeniR, I would hug you if I could.

My Dad was a navy Hospital Corpsman, Deployed on the USS Debuque (Or was it Debuke?) and with the 2nd Marines, 3rd battalion I believe it was. (he is asleep at the moment. Working at the hospital and all)

He was, without a doubt a hero. He did more things IN the line of duty daily then quite a few riflemen wouldn't do in four years out of the line of duty. He may not have gotten a medal, but he being out of the navy for Twenty one years... STILL gets thanked for being there as a Corpsman by marines. If he met them or not.

I'd just like to thankyou for making this peice of artwork here. It brings people like my father to the eyes of regular people. =)
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MauserGirl Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2007
:aww:
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Scrabbydoo98 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2007
I love it! Making me feel proud pf being a former Medic! I've been right in this in real life! It can be hard, but it so rewarding! Hope you don't mind, but I just made this the today Theme on my PDA! Thanks!
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MauserGirl Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2007
:) Thank you. And no, I don't mind. :)
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Ancient-Hoofbeats Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2006  Student General Artist
yes they do.
Is it ok if I add this link to: [link]
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MauserGirl Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2006
Of course. :)
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Ancient-Hoofbeats Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2006  Student General Artist
good!
cause you're on it!
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MauserGirl Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2006
*LOL* Good. :) Feel free to link any stuff you like.
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Ancient-Hoofbeats Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2006  Student General Artist
:D thanks
I did.
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Aramis-Dagaz Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2006
The full power of this piece doesn't hit you until you've had a chance to look at it for a few minutes. Then it just grows on you every time you think about it.

To me the expressionless and hidden faces represent that even medics have their fair share of gruesome expriences that most people should never have to face. When your job calls for you to be literally up to your elbows in it, your mind instinctively builds walls to shield you from it. While some who have never had to live in this world claim that they are being cold and inhuman, simply treating their duty as just a job, the fact that they are there in the first place proves the opposite. But when there's a broken body on the table a few minutes shy of the grave, there's no time for emotional response. It's a sad duality that is shared by all warriors, whether their tools are guns and bombs or scalpels and stitches.

This is a very powerful piece. Well done.
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MauserGirl Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2006
Thank you! :)
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mamamac Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2006
Thank you for recognizing the medics - my husband is a medic and my sister-in-law is a flight medic (in Baghdad) This looks a lot like a hospital scene I witnessed first-hand when I was over there. Your work is incredible... you are a very talented artist!
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MauserGirl Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2006
^^ Thank you so much! :)

(If it looks familiar it may be because it's based (albeit somewhat losely) on a photo.)
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tulosba Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2005
medics = priceless.

interestingly enough, the canadian regiment with the most victoria crosses awarded is the medical corps.
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MauserGirl Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2005
^^ Thank you.
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dewi Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2005
Very compelling, me thinks. I've always associated airbrushing with safe, fluffy, happy art. Seeing it used with subject matter so contrasting really threw me through a loop. It made me think about it a little more.

I find it interesting that the faces of the medics seem to be avoiding the pain and struggle of the patient while the face of the only person directly interacting with the patient is completely blocked. Very mysterious. That fact seems to to provide some very interesting subtext.

:clap: I love it.
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MauserGirl Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2005
:D Thank you so much.

I mainly went with this style of art because I draw a weekly comic strip in the same fashion. I find it a lot easier to convey emotion in this style than a more realistic style - and I think the brush tool in Photoshop is the best thing since sliced cheese. I love Photoshop to death and I'm always amazed at how these pictures come out when I color them.

I'm happy you liked it. ^^ The whole drawing is based on a photo that I came across on Google. Even though I used a photo refrence, I changed a lot of things for this picture. (There were no women in the photo and the patient was naked...) But the way everyone just sort of looks away, or looks down onto what they are doing rather than their casualty, was copied from the original image. I don't think I could've done any better as an artist without using the reference, the photo was just right the way it was - it made a strong statement.
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ABNATW Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2005
I like this one, particularly the emotionless faces; facial expressions go quickly when sleep-deprived and on the job.

Thanks.
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MauserGirl Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2005
:D Thank you!
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jessiquita Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
Looks good.

I like the line work you did.

It makes it a bit less cartoony.

Good stuff. :)
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MauserGirl Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2005
:D Thank you! Do you think my stuff is usually very "cartoony" feeling?
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jessiquita Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
No.. its more like.. cartoony vs. realistic.

Just the style of the people. I can't explain. I don't think comic book or something.
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cubemb Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2005
this is awesome. the depth you created with the shading and colour work is superb. and the emotion the peice conveys is profound. you've really outdone urself with this one :+fav:

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KuManu Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2005   Photographer
Angels of mercy picking the fallen up when they need it the most. I love honest looks of everyones face. The semi-impersonal looks on the medic as they try and do their jobs in shitty conditions, and the casualties teary eyes are Haunting.

It you need I can get you Pics of CH-47 chinook or of a UH-60 Blackhawk. Here at the "hump" in South Korea we have a surplus of both and I could even get you a pic the MEDVAC Blackhawks. they kind of look like bees or fish with their paint jobs.
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MauserGirl Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2005
Thank you! :D

I didn't want people to focus on the medics' faces so I made them all either look down or away to where you couldn't see their eyes. I wanted people to really focus on the causalty not all those people around him. And I think you are the first person who's actually looked at this at full size and saw the tears... They're very subtle and I was wondering whether anyone would notice.

Also, thanks for offering helicopter pics. I have some good pictures of MEDEVAC planes and I think I may use one of those. I don't know yet... It depends on what I feel like, y'know.
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Avary-Freedom Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2005
HOUAH! That's your best art to date I think. You're really doing awesome here. Feels very lively. I recommend you continue to explore this avenue.
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MauserGirl Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2005
Thank you! :D

I'm finding more and more that I have an easier time working when I use a photo reference, but it has to be a strong photo to begin with. Your average "cameraman standing across the street taking a picture with the telefocus lens" thing isn't working for something like this.

Anyway, I think there will be one or two more that are set after this one (timewise, that is). We'll see.
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Avary-Freedom Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2005
I'll be waiting impatiently.
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MauserGirl Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2005
I will try not to make you wait too long. But there's some other stuff I need to get done first today.
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Patrucca Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2005  Student General Artist
I like the 'messiness' of it! :)

-P.A.
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MauserGirl Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2005
:D Thank you very much.
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Patrucca Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2005  Student General Artist
you are very welcome! :)

-P.A.
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Misaniovent Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2005
First of all, this is fantastic. It's emotional, detailed, and very well drawn.

However, I would remove the glare on the hair.
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MauserGirl Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2005
Really, you don't like the glare? I was hoping it might look like the light refractions off the IV bag... I guess it doesn't. :(

Thanks!
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Misaniovent Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2005
Sorry.

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RodeoZaba Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2005
Oooo... I'm going to have to add this to the LaFavorite list, for obvious reasons. And, before anyone else gets to "technical" ;) I actually have seen two (2) AMEDD patches out here. The people behind them are usually a little off the wall, so it's more like an "I'm a lost doc, help me?" patch.... You've also captured the way we're usually "wide awake".... Uh..yeh. ^,^
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MauserGirl Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2005
I'm really glad you like this. It seems like I'm going into a series with these, I guess the logical next step would be to do a MEDEVAC flight one? I didn't know it was going to turn into this when I did the quick sketch for reflection...

As for the AMEDD patch, in the original photo you can't really see the patches at all so I chose to go with something that is definitely recognizeable as medical. Hence the AMEDD patch. It makes little sense, I guess, but I'm sure most people won't notice.
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RodeoZaba Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2005
Hmmm... Yes, a Stryker MEDEVAC... Muahaha.

The AMEDD patches out here are worn at the combat support hospitals. Those are the physicians and what not that come out from MEDAC posts (Walter Reed, Madigan etc.) for short rotations. The new doc (in a support battalion) had one before he got "squared away" with the 25ID patch. I actually never knew that they made them in brown until almost a year after being out here.

But, it is an excellent peice of work, never the less. Speaking of medic, I guess I actually have to get ready for work... 3 more months, 3 more months!
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MauserGirl Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2005
I was more thinking along the lines of, say, the back of a C-130, or something...

... don't work too hard now. ;)
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XxGRiMxX Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2005
Nice, I am liking this! =D :+fav:! I will have to :+fav: all this type because you truly are a master at this! =)
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MauserGirl Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2005
:D Thank you!

Actually, there isn't terribly much skill involved here. Just an eye for detail and liberal use of shadowing. ^^*
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XxGRiMxX Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2005
You're welcome:!:
Oh and you obviousely have me beat then, ... I need to get Illustrator I wanna learn to do vectors like =smashmethod does he rocks at doing vectors! but you make your art look ... I'm not sure, there isn't even a word to say about how you doit, it's awesome. You truly have an eye for detail!
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MauserGirl Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2005
Why do I need to beat you? ;) The only reason I would *ever* beat you is that blinky avatar of yours. *g*
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